December 6, 2010

            The Middlebury College women's basketball team improved to 6-0 for the first time since ’01-’02 as the Panthers ended the first semester with a 65-57 win at Union.  The Panthers shot .520 from the floor in the second half and outscored the Dutchwomen 21-4 from the free throw line in the game. The Middlebury defense forced 32 turnovers in the game.

            Middlebury led by five early, before Union outscored Middlebury 17-5 over the next 10 minutes to take a 25-16 lead with 3:39 left in the half. The Panthers trailed by as many as nine in the second half before going on a 9-0 run at the 16:05 mark to tie the game at 37-37. Union briefly regained the lead before Middlebury junior Brittany Perfetti (Clifton Heights, Pa.) scored at the 11:46 mark to put the Panthers on top for good.

            The game remained tight until the final few minutes, when a three-point play from senior Lauren Sanchez (Seattle, Wash.) gave her team a seven-point lead with 2:58 remaining.  Middlebury made 7 of 10 free throws down the stretch to secure the 65-57 win.

            Junior Maddie Moreau (Canton, N.Y.) led the Panthers with 20 points for the second straight game, tying her career high. Sophomore Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, N.J.) scored a career-best 15 in the win, while Sanchez added 13 points, six steals and four assists.

            Middlebury raced out to a 15-4 lead, and never trailed en route to a 73-62 win over Castleton State College Tuesday evening at Glenbrook Gymnasium.

            Moreau led all scorers with 20 points, while Perfetti followed with 18 and Sanchez  added 16.

            The trio of Moreau, Perfetti and Sanchez scored all but two of the first 15 points for the Panthers, as Castleton fell behind early. Castleton was able to stay within striking distance throughout the first half and used an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to four (22-18) on a pair of Tarryn Bolognani free throws with just over five minutes to play. Moreau answered with a three-pointer to bump the lead back to seven, and Middlebury outscored Castleton 13-4 over the final five minutes to take a 35-22 lead into the interval.

            A lay-up from senior Allison Needham (Lexington, Mass.) with 10:29 remaining gave the Panthers a 54-40 lead, but Leonard made one-of-two from the line and Jaques canned the first of three second half three-pointers to get back to within 10. Four-straight free throws from Powers and Stephanie Bull cut the lead to 54-48, but buckets from Perfetti and Sanchez answered the run, pushing the lead back to 10.

            The Spartans mustered yet another run at Middlebury, this time trailing 60-55 on a Kelly Conway three-pointer, but Moreau answered with a huge three of her own with three minutes and 47 seconds remaining, and Middlebury was able to salt the game away.

            Middlebury shot 47.9 percent (23-48) from the field, made 5-of-11 (45.5%) attempts from three-point range and went 22-for-34 (64.7%) from the free throw line in the win. Sanchez grabbed a team-high six rebounds and was 7-for-10 from the charity stripe, while Moreau went 7-for-11 from the field including 3-for-4 from three-point range.
• Women’s basketball record: 6-0
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